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S/V Pizzazz - Journey Downunder
South Africa to Australia
Sunset from the pub
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

And the sunset while having refreshments....

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Sunset from the mooring
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

A sunset from the mooring, we took so many photos of this sunset, maybe the best sunsets we have seen, were in St Lucia.

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Settled in our walk-on mooring
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

After settling into our mooring, we were treated to a stunning evening in St Lucia.

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Entering the Lagoon at Rodney Bay Marina
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

So because we had the liferaft to service, we decided to take a walk-on mooring at the marina, so here we are entering the lagoon.

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Approaching Rodney Bay
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

So about 14h30 we approached Rodney Bay, seen on the left of this photo.

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Unusual landscapes
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

This is a shot of the landscape while sailing up the west coast of St Lucia, very unusual markings.....

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Pitons in sight
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

So with us doing great speeds, the Pitons approached quickily, but we were sailing to the north of the Island, to Rodney Bay. Here is a view of the Pitons, which we hope to visit on the way back down south.

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Real great sailing!!
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

With 22 odd miles to go, Pizzazz was having a great day with our speed over the ground here at 8.6 knots and even touching on 8.9 at times....

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Great sailing!!
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

This is our chart plotter showing us approaching St Lucia, the black blob on the bottom left of the Island, doing 8.1 knots at the time....

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Sail to St Lucia Island
Hugh
19/03/10, St Lucia

So after an early start, we made our way up to St Lucia, about 50 odd miles north. We were expecting a bit of a rough ride just north of St Vincent, we thought we had missed it by going early, but we did eventually get into a rough patch but did not last long and we had a great sail between St Vincent and St Lucia. This pic is leaving Wallilabou early morning.

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Checking out of the Grenadines
Hugh
22/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

We had to now check out of the Grenadines and this is the last place going north that we could check out. The Customs/Immigration are only in the office here between 16h00 and 18h00, so we went ashore and had some refreshments....then checked out and had a meal at the restaurant, before returning to Pizzazz.

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28/02/10 | Francois Mellet
Hi guys,
Thanks for the mail, you must reaaaly enjoy the last sail in the Caribbean and have a safe trip back.
We will try and catch up with you while you are back here
Thinking of you all the time
Sail to St Vincent Island
Hugh
22/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

So after about 5 days in Bequia, and some really big swells coming into the bay due to weather activity up north, we sailed out north to Wallilabou Bay in St Vincent. This is where parts of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean were shot, with Johnny Depp. This bay is about 15 miles sail. This pic is Pizzazz moored up to a bouy right in front of the now restaurant.

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Sunset in Bequia Island
Hugh
22/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

So after 2 nights in Saline Bay at Mayreau Island, we sailed early the next morning for Bequia, about 24 miles. This was one of the beautiful sunsets we had there.

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Salt Whistle Bay from the pub/restaurant
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

So from the pub this is what you look out to.......

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21/02/10 | Francois Mellet
Looks like heaven on earth
Let us know your plans as we have stepped up lots of gears to get ready to leave at the end of this year
Missing you and really envious this side
Francois and Mads
26/02/10 | claire y charalambou
Aha -I so agree - ur photo's -the bays, the sunsets - Um heaven on earth!
Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau Island
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

This is Salt Whistle Bay, a very beautiful location, it is small and the boats cram in here. We have been past here many times now and it has always looked very full, so have bypassed it. So we thought this time we would anchor in the next bay, Saline Bay, and would walk across.......it was worth the walk but the walk was very heavy, so we had a few beers and lunch at a stunning place here in Salt Whistle Bay and then caught a water taxi back to Saline Bay, which was an experience of it's own, these guy's only know one speed and that is fullspeed, but was great.

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View from top of Mayreau Island
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

This is a photo of Tobago Cays from the top of Mayreau Island.

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Local Restaurant on Mayreau Island
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

This is a local restaurant on Mayreau Island, when anchored there, the one day we went ashore and walked to the top of Mayreau and over to Salt Whistle Bay.

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Chatham Bay, Union Island
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

Chatham Bay was a beautiful stop, we are now so sorry we did not stop here before, as the bay is full of turtles, the fish are so much more than anywhere else we know and the bird life was fantastic to see, it is very remote, although it does have about 3 or so local restaurants and one very smart one, where we got to know it at the Italian Restaurant, it has a pool as well and can order most kinds of food, including a hamburger, where the local restaurants only offer mostly Chicken, fish, conch and lobster type dishes. The bay has very high hills as seen in the pic, in this photo, is also the Italian restaurant on shore.

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Neighbour leaving from Chatham Bay, Union Island
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

This is one of the boats leaving the anchorage in Chatham Bay, Union Island. It was a great sight to see.

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Sunset from Hillsborough
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

So a sunset from Hillsborough, looking towards Sandy Island...

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Anchored off Hillsborough
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

This is anchored off Hillsborough, Carriacou Island for checking out, we had some beautiful pics of the sunset, but this is looking at the main town.

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Time to go sailing again
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

So time to leave again, so we met up with our mates on the floating bar for sundowners and a farewell party and our host Denise.

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20/02/10 | jo and Ulla
Hola,
could you please pass on greetings to John and Shirley from Thiswan.
Would like to get in conntact with them.
From a hot Buenos Aires safe sailing Jo&Ulla
The floating bar in Tyrrel Bay
Hugh
20/02/10, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

This is our place of meeting at times for sundowners with friends.....

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Back on Pizzazz
Hugh
29/01/10, Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou Island

Well after a close call at missing our flight from Gatwick Airport to Grenada, we met up with Shawn, who was sweating at that stage, and we arrived in Grenada on the Friday evening, 8th Jan. We stayed in Grenada for 2 nights, showed Shawn arround, what we could in such a short time, then boarded the ferry to Carriacou Island, on Sunday morning. It was great to be back on Pizzazz again. So we met up with friends and eventually prepared the boat and sailed off to Hillsborough, we had a great sail, with Shawn behing the helm....We anchored at Hilsborough and went into town for a look around and lunch, we stayed for a few days and then sailed off to Sandy Island. We again stayed here for a few days, before returning to Tyrrel Bay, and Shawn's time was about up already, amazing how quickly time goes by. Now we are having problems with our camera, so am battling for photos, Shawn has promised us some photos, and we have to look for another camera.
At the moment we are having a period of some heavy winds, so we are lying low and am getting time to tidy up Pizzazz. We are planning on sailing into the Grenadines next week and then on up to St Lucia, so stay tuned........

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31/01/10 | Francois & Mads
Howzit guys. Sorry about the cam but good to hear you are well and looking forward to your next post
02/02/10 | vossie & Gaynor
Was wondering when U guys where going to get back on Pizzazz. Sorry about the camera, hope you get one down there. We still stuck in SXM and getting frantic now. Such a lot of little things taking up our time.Watch the blog, posting soon.
04/02/10 | Brett and Gideon
Hi guys we keeping a good watch on you and enjoying your blogg!! We getting excited this side go down to fetch the boat end of next month! Anyway enjoy the sailing and may be we see each other soon!!
Our Hostess...
Hugh
11/12/09, Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou Island

This is our hostess, Denise, aboard the floating pub, with our mates from Thiswan, John & Shirley.

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Time to party!!
Hugh
11/12/09, Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou Island

So once we were all settled again that day, our mates Dave & Barbara from Kasheter and John & Shirley from Thiswan, said we should all meet on the floating pub in the middle of the anchorage, so off we went. The company was great and the music started and Lyn was up dancing to the reggae music, with the locals. We all had a great time dancing and a lot of laughs, so a good sending off for Keith & Lyn and Glyn & I.

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And back to Carriacou
Hugh
11/12/09, Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou Island

We departed Union Island the next morning and had a great sail across to Hillsborough to check back into Carriacou and Grenada. After lunch we sailed from Hillsborough and anchored off Sandy Island for a snorkel, and about 4:00pm we were back on a mooring bouy in Tyrrel Bay.

And then it was all over, another brilliant and, I think, a successful cruise of the Grenadines, we converted Lyn into a sailor......which was actually not difficult, but we enjoyed having Keith & Lyn onboard Pizzazz and sure they will be onboard many more times when Pizzazz is in Australia.

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02/01/10 | daniel vorster
This type of setting is what makes cruisers carry on, regardless of all the other problems. Tranquility at its best.
Relaxing on Happy Island
Hugh
11/12/09, Union Island, Grenadines

Here we are listening to some Caribbean music, sipping rum punches....with Pizzazz in the background. An amazing thing here was that in the pic above, the 3 boats most prominant in the picture, are South African built boats, a Montevideo 43(the best), a Shearwater 39 and a Dean Cat, they were not South African registered though, I think one was Canadian and the other British.

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Happy Island for sundowners
Hugh
11/12/09, Union Island, Grenadines

Early...ish the next morning we sailed around Mayreau Island and on the Union Island, we had a very lazy sail to Union with only the foresail out. We checked out as soon as we got there as we wanted to leave the next morning for Carriacou, to spend some time at Sandy Island. After checking out, we went to Happy Island for sundowners, rum punches......

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03/01/10 | Georgie
So nice to see Mayreau as we were too rushed to get there. It looks absolutely gorgeous!!
Another sunset
Hugh
11/12/09, Tobago Cays, Grenadines

So our last night in the Cays and here the sun is setting over Union Island, our next destination, to book out of the Grenadines...wow!! it has gone so fast.

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Really beautiful.....
Hugh
11/12/09, Tobago Cays, Grenadines

Tobago Cays is a very special place, we spent time swimming with the turtles, who are not put off at all with people swimming around them, they have some wonderful patterns on their shells. Here is a pic of "Pod" (our dingy) and Pizzazz in the background.

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Tobago Cays!!!!
Hugh
09/12/09, Tobago Cays, Grenadines

So after a stopover in Canouan, we moved on to Tobago Cays the next morning, which only took us about an hour sailing and we anchored in the clear water of the Cays.

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Mutiny onboard Pizzazz!!
Hugh
09/12/09, Bequia Island to Canouan Island

So one night we were boarded and I was stabbed, leaving a DEEP cut just on the rib cage area..........joking..joking, I was injured...while loading "Pod", our dingy, and then the whole crew ganged up on me and forced me to apply this stuff!!!....the scar remains.....

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03/01/10 | Georgie
And so does your life!! What a classic face! You gotto be careful about those cuts out at sea...
Time to leave Bequia....
Hugh
09/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

Yes, and then the time came to depart our favourite Island in the Grenadines. We left on Saturday and set sail for a stopover in Canouan Island.

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Snacks on Pizzazz
Hugh
09/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

Sundowner's and some super snacks by the super Chef on board......

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03/01/10 | Georgie
Hmmm Delicious!
Sunset in Bequia
Hugh
09/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

And then it was back to Bequia for a sundowner....

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Mustique Island
Hugh
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

And then there were other famous people on one of the beaches on the Island...

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08/12/09 | Francois & Mads
And the proof is in the pic...
Your Hhhigghhhnesssess!!!!
The Schooner Friendship Rose
Hugh
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

Then came Friday and we were off to the Island of Mustique, on the local schooner Friendship Rose, where all the "Stars" have holiday homes.

Because of its luxury and isolation, Mustique has over the years attracted a number of the rich and famous: Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher, Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, Kate Moss, David Duchovny and Tea Leoni, Felix Dennis, David Bowie, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugh Grant, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Robert Worcester, Jack Diamond, Pierce Brosnan, Alex Beard and Nigella Lawson.

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The Moskito Restaurant
Hugh
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

The restaurant was called Moskito Bar/Grill and was located right on the water, the food was really tasty.

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A visit to Friendship Bay
Hugh
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

We found a wonderful place in Friendship Bay, it was a Resort/Hotel which never progressed to it's original plan, they must have run out of money, so not completed, but has a few very nice units, but they did build the restaurant, which has such a nice location and was nicely done up. Keith & Lyn decided to treat us, Glyn & I, to a lunch there because it was actually our 26th year anniversary....aint that fantastic (thanks again Keith & Lyn), so Fat Man our taxi man, left us there and returned later to collect us again, the gardens were beautiful.

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09/12/09 | glyn
Thanks to Keith and Lyn for making our 26th wedding anniversary so special - thanks guys it was a great day!
Bequia's Turtle farm
Hugh
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

We also stopped by at the Turtle farm which was amazing, great to hear someone out there cares. This guy, Orton King, used to be a skin-diving fisherman and then retired and thought of saving the turtles would be his bit for the enviroment. The place is called OldHegg Turtle Sanctuary and has been providing a nursary for young Hawksbill turtles since 1995. The turtles are cared for from birth to 18 months, when they are tagged and returned to the ocean, I think he told us he sometimes keeps them until 4 years old as well.

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Pizzazz from the fort
Hugh
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

Here is a shot of Pizzazz & Glyn from the Hamilton Fort, Pizzazz is the one second from the right....we thought she was "big"......

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03/01/10 | Georgie
Yeah, thank goodness Kevin didn't rock up in the 23ft "big" boats of the old days... he he
The "Fort"......
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

So as you can see....this is Hamilton Fort......

The remains of Hamilton Fort in Bequia provide a fantastic view over Admiralty Bay towards Port Elizabeth and Princes Margaret Beach. The old fort lies to the north of Admiralty Bay and was built in the late 18th Century by the French who fortified the site to protect the harbour approach from the English.

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Our Taxi man
Hugh
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

This was our taxi man, he does not look fat at all.........he did tell us that he took the van over from a guy that was fat...so he kept the name....

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Bequia at leisure
Hugh
07/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

So we decided to say at bequia a few days and just Lime for a while. We had one day where we just lay around the boat reading, swimming and just taking it easy. We also decided to go to Mustique Island on the local Schooner Friendship Rose, because it is such a nice experience and that was only on the Friday, so this decided how long we would stay. The one day we went on an Island tour by taxi and had a great day out, this is a view of the bay from the "Fort"...

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03/01/10 | Georgie
Gee it didn't look like that for the 2 hrs of daylight we had there. As always in a rush- you guys are so lucky to have so much time!!
Sunset in Bequia
Hugh
04/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

As usual in Bequia, we always get some stunning sunsets, and some interesting visitors as seen in the pic.

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05/12/09 | Diane
There was only one person missing - ME!
It looked such fun and I have been reliving my trip there - which only makes it worse for me.
06/12/09 | Francois & Mads
Good to see eveybody's having a great time. Jealous as usual but really happy for you guys. Enjoy every minute!!
Our favourite Island...so far!!
Hugh
04/12/09, Bequia Island, Grenadines

It was great to be back in Bequia, as it is really our favourite Island so far, it was so green and lush as seen on the photo. We arrived here on Sunday and only planned on leaving again on the following Friday, so some time to lime, and lots to do and see.

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27/07/10 | Pierre Lussier
Hi,
Loved your blog relative at the Grenadines where we had the opportunity to go (tobago Cayes).
Could tell me why you prefer Bequia (where we did not go yet)?

thanks and have a great day
Union Island to Bequia Island
Hugh
04/12/09, Union Island/Bequia Island

The Saturday night we got Pizzazz ready for an early..ish start, eventually leaving at about 8:00am on Sunday. We had another great sail up to Bequia, arriving at about 2:00pm. This pic is leaving Union Island behind.

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Union Island for the day
Hugh
04/12/09, Union Island, Grenadines

We decided to stay at Union Island for the next day to do some exploring and shopping as usual. We also had a great Cheese Burger in paradise for lunch.

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Arrived at Union Island
Hugh
04/12/09, Clifton Harbour, Union Island

We had a great sail across to Union Island, making 2 tacks. We manged to make good time and got to immigration and Customs before closing time. Clifton Harbour is a magic place to stop over if the weather is great, as sit behind the reef and get a cool breeze off the ocean, and the colour of the water is magnificent.

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